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Slow and Stopped Light in Metamaterials

Hess, O, Tsakmakidis, K, Piprek, J and Larkins, E (2008) Slow and Stopped Light in Metamaterials In: 8th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices, 2008-09-01 - 2008-09-04, Univ Nottingham, Nottingham, ENGLAND.


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We demonstrate the deceleration of guided electromagnetic waves propagating along an adiabatically tapered negative-refractive-index metamaterial heterostructure and show that light can ideally be brought to a complete halt. It is analytically shown that, in principle, this method simultaneously allows for broad bandwidth operation (since it does not rely on group index resonances), large delay-bandwidth products (since a wave packet can be completely stopped and buffered indefinitely) and high, almost 100 % in/out-coupling efficiencies. The halting of a monochromatic field component travelling along the heterostructure is demonstrated on the basis of a wave analysis and confirmed in a pertinent ray analysis, which unmistakably illustrates the trapping of the associated light-ray and the formation of a double light-ray cone (optical clepsydra) at the point where the ray is trapped. This method for trapping photons conceivably opens the way to a multitude of hybrid optoelectronic devices to be used in quantum information processing, communication networks and signal processors and may herald a new realm of combined metamaterials and slow light research

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic, Optics, Engineering, STORAGE, PULSES
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Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:33

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